Recipe Roundup: Carb-Loading Edition

I will be running my first half-marathon on Sunday, November 13th and can’t wait to start carb-loading.  Carb-loading involves consuming large amounts of carbohydrates to provide extra energy during physically demanding exercise.  Endurance athletes typically increase their intake to 2 to 5 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight (or roughly 70% of their food consumption) in the three days leading up to their event.  I’m only planning on doing it for the two days before the race, because it’s just a half-marathon.  I pulled off my 12-mile practice run with one day of carb-loading, so I’m just adding an extra one to be on the safe side.

To start celebrating this accomplishment, I’m rounding up a few favorite carb-rich, healthy meals that I should definitely look into making in the next couple of days.

Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Salad with Chicken

Quick Veggie Stir-Fry

Chicken and Collard Greens Lasagna

Risotto with Arugula and Pine Nuts

Harina de Maíz – Breakfast Cornmeal Cereal

“Healthified” Every-Chip Cookies

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

11 Responses to “Recipe Roundup: Carb-Loading Edition”

  1. Karen
    November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    It’s always nice to have an excuse to load up on carbs! Good luck with your race on Sunday and have fun!

  2. November 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I really need to take up running … I would LOVE to carbo load, lol.

  3. November 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Some delicious looking foods there! Good luck with the marathon!

  4. November 10, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Wow. That’s a great carb mash-up!

  5. November 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    When I ran cross country in college, the coach always used to make us eat pizza the night before a race 🙂 His theory was that pizza is the healthiest junk food around. (My Runner Girl always has a “lucky bagel” with strawberry cream cheese on it the morning of a race). I hope you find your lucky food…

    Good luck!

    • November 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      I’ll have pizza in the WordPress Wordcamp on Saturday for lunch and made plans to go to an Italian place with my parents and the in-laws to finish topping off my glycol reserves.

      I like the bagel idea! I’ll have to try when I start training for another race. Waffles with PB and honey have worked out well for the over 9 mile runs. I also had no idea you were a tean runner back in the day! 🙂

  6. November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Great line up of carbs! Good luck with your run!

  7. November 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Wow. Good luck this weekend!

  8. November 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    All of those dishes look wonderful, Adriana. My husband used to eat pretty much everything before a race, but he particularly loved spaghetti and meatballs, so he must have thought it was his lucky food. I’m going to ask him. Wish you the best for your race tomorrow! xx

  9. December 24, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    All of these dishes look delightful – especially the chicken and quinoa salad. Best of luck with the carbon loading.

  10. December 24, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Beautiful dish – I love quinoa! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy French Friday!

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